Political Compass

As Greg Mankiw and Dani Rodrik posted on their blogs, the political compass quiz is a nice game.

It must be quite funny to see, how continal European ethical, economical and political values work in this US centered quiz. Am I closer to Gandhi or Rodrik? I think it does not matter as long as the distance to Friedman and Thatcher is far enough, isn’t it? Anyone willing to post his coordinates?

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8 Antworten auf Political Compass

  1. Kramladen sagt:

    Dani Rodrik was so brave as to show his coordinates – following his lead, many bloggers posted their coordinates too. I can tell you that I am close to Ghandi and quite relieved not to be close to Thatcher and Friedman.

    By the way, Eclair and I are currently fighting on Herdentrieb about the very core of neoclassical economics – identified by Thomas Palley: marginal productivity (if anybody is interested in this: http://blog.zeit.de/herdentrieb/?p=165#comment-6376)

    As Eclair is part of this blog, I wanted to thank him for his interesting comments. Sometimes I really feel spooked by the discussion: How can people ignore so many facts, numbers and logical arguments? No wonder that wide parts of German economics are in such a miserable state.



  2. Artur Tarassow sagt:

    I am outing myself: I am more liberal than Ghandi. To be honest that was the result I expected before.

  3. I wonder if this test is US centered. The left/right orientation e.g. makes only sense in a more or less homogenous society form – with a certain dispersion in beliefs but a kind of gravity center (OK maybe I come close to the „Leitkultur“ debate).
    I think you have to adjust the whole system if you want to apply it to other continents as Europe or Asia. Nevertheless: econ -3.50, politics -5.64.

  4. Eclair sagt:

    Much the same here, although I am even quite a bit south of Gandhi and Mandela 🙂

    Kramladen, my only ally at Herdentrieb 🙂 thanks for the praise. I was always curious to find out at which university in Germany one is being taught such a differentiated world view, encompassing economics (in its non-autistic form), sociology, and political sciences. Or is that mainly self-taught?

    Regarding our fellow bloggers (frankly, I am sometimes wondering if rawe/wienhof/lulu are actually one and the same person…), it is obvious that we can never convince them, but hopefully the discussion serves others who are silently following. Therefore, your tireless efforts to explain the results of different studies is very much appreciated. Personally, I tend to lose patience with people who spit out single quotations that seemingly support their positions and then refuse talk about it in depth…



  5. Kramladen sagt:

    Hi Eclair,

    yes, I also have the strong feeling that our adversaries are actually the same man. What a pitty, there are certainly more apt defenders of their cause. Thanks for the Schettkat-book by the way.

    Actually, my economics does not come from a German university, but from France. The great French Keynesian Jean-Paul Fitoussi was one of my professors. If you are interested, here is the link to the OFCE where he is the president:

    The OFCE is like the DIW with Heiner Flassbeck as chief economist 😉

    Where did you study?



  6. Eclair sagt:

    Hallo Kramladen,

    ja, Fitoussi finde ich auch prima! Der war übrigens auch der einzige Keynesianer, der bei dem Economists‘ Manifesto (Modligiani und Co) von 1998 noch „reservations“ hinsichtlich der dort ebenfalls vorgeschlagenen Angebotsreformen hatte 🙂

    Ich habe in Trier (Geld, Kredit, Währung bei Filc) und am Trinity College in Dublin studiert. Eine akademische Karriere in Deutschland ist damit praktisch ausgeschlossen 🙂 Aber zum Glück gibt es in der Politikberatung ja bislang noch ein paar Stellen für Kritiker der herrschenden Wirtschaftslehre.

    @ Uli

    Der Test ist garantiert US-centered – insbesondere bei den Frage zu Sex und Religion, wo all meine „strongly…“-Antworten sich sammelten :))


  7. Iasius sagt:

    +6 (right)
    -6 (libertarian)

    But then, you don’t know me, I just stumbled upon this blog today. I do intend to come back, whether you make to it my bookmarks toolbar instead of the bookmarks section, we’ll see. 🙂

  8. Many thanks to all of you for a lively debate. Hope to see all of you soon here in this. Iasius: I think 6/-6 is an interesting answer — which in turn produces more questions. Typically we exclude this area from our brain map since these people tend to be destructive, isn’t it?

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